In any relationship, one of the sweetest memories is the story of how you first met. When the feelings are real, it is a tale you want to tell over and over again, even if it is to the chagrin of those forced to listen for the umpteenth time.
How Jürgen Nobert Klopp came to join Liverpool is one such story. Liverpool FC and those who love it have been infatuated with the charismatic German from the day he marched through the Shankly Gates and promised us a whirlwind of passion and heavy metal. And for Klopp, the feelings have been most assuredly mutual, and we can’t get enough of it.
”I heard from my agent that Liverpool is interested,” Klopp said speaking to Sky Sports about FSG’s initial flirtations. “I felt immediately ‘oh god’, it’s like when I met my wife—I saw her and thought okay I marry her and it was like that with the club.
”It felt right from the first moment.”
Champions League-winning, Premier League-annihilating and world dominating football team aside, it has helped that both Klopp and his actual spouse, Ulla, have developed a strong affinity with English culture. Sources have confirmed that it was this contentment with life living in Liverpool that played a major part in the 52-year-old’s decision to extend his contract through 2024, the first time in his managerial career that he will have stayed at one club longer than seven years.
”I liked England before,” Klopp revealed. “I lived here because when I was 18-years-old I was here for five or six weeks by train, interrail. My cousin wanted to come (to England), we were just bed and breakfast, had a tent, from time to time we were on a camping ground.
”The weather was unfortunately really shit though. We did not use the tent too often because it was that wet, but bed and breakfast I loved.
”It was such a wonderful thing, so you had contact with people you usually don’t have.
”You travel through a country, you meet all kinds of generations, some elderly people who were always really nice so that time I thought one day I want to live for a while in England.”
The depth of the connection between Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool Football Club has been the catalyst for the emergence of the best team in the world full of players willing to run through a brick wall for Klopp and forged in his image.
Here’s to a renewal of vows in the not too distant future.